I workout at home nearly exclusively. I love gyms and group classes, a LOT, but they aren’t in the budget tim-wise or financially right now. So? At home!
A lot of people struggle to feel motivated or even like trying a home workout. The accountability isn’t there in the same way it is at the gym; there’s no outside pressure, or group led/team feeling that come from classes. And, funny enough, that’s one of the things I’ve grown to love most about my home workout routine… no one else around! Doing it REALLY just for me. But for many people, getting the motivation up to press play on a video, with no one there to encourage you. . . it’s tough.
However, if you are low on time/money and still want to start/keep working out, a home workout is your best option.
I love Fitnessblender workouts best, and usually choose my workout of the day off their site, and then watch it on YouTube since I can do it full screen there. They’re free, run the gamut in difficulty and time, and have lots of options for styles, and available equipment.
Once you decide to try a home workout, try out these three tips to make it more fun.
- Music! Use, create, or stream an amazing playlist. Music can SERIOUSLY make the difference. My current favorites are Pandora Radio: Trolls Can’t Stop The Feeling (I know, I know) and Spotify: Workout Radio, Dance Workout, or (when kiddos aren’t in earshot, hah) Workout Twerkout. Another tip? Skip the warm up and just DANCE LIKE WILD for at least a few song. Stretch around, drop it low, and you’ll be sweaty and ready.
- Wear something you wouldn’t want to wear to the gym. Always wanted to workout in booty shorts and a sports bra? Do it! It feels amazing. Obsessed with those neon bright leggings but don’t feel confident in them typically? Home workouts were MADE for those. Bonus? The more you wear the stuff you love to sweat in at home, the more likely you are to feel emboldened to wear them all the time!
- Make yourself a beautiful, stellar, bright meal afterwards. I almost always make a bright and tasty smoothie bowl after my workouts. Having that on my radar keeps me going, fuels me up afterwards (muscles! grow!), and feels like such a decadent treat. Buying one of those smoothies post gym workout would be. . . $7-10, but at home? LOAD ON THAT GRANOLA and eat it up with whatever you blended from your freezer.
Starting up a home workout practice can be hard. I wrote a tips post here, why it’s important to shake up your workouts, and how to stay motivated here. But starting out with a few tricks in your pocket can really help!
Anything you do to keep you feeling motivated and excited about your routine? I’d love your tips to keep in my own tool-box!